Posted on January 28, 2015
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Ensuring Fred Rogers’ Legacy
A consummate educator and longtime children’s advocate, Bill Isler has taught in both elementary school and day-care settings, administered a multi-service program for children, and held several high-level posts in the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He is an award-winning civic leader, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Partnership for Children, and a board member of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College, where he also is the Center’s former executive director.
For the last three decades, Mr. Isler has been committed to carrying on Fred Rogers’ philosophy, values, and endeavors to promote social and emotional learning and development for children, as well as meaningful interactions and nurturing relationships between children and adults. Developing Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which features the next generation of family members from the original Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood characters, is one way the company ensures Fred Rogers’ legacy. Producing Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, together with two other programs—Peg + Cat and Odd Squad—has enabled the company to become PBS’s top producer of children’s programming. A $750,000 Foundation grant will help the Fred Rogers Company develop the second season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and several mobile apps, as well as maintain an online presence featuring the Neighborhood’s newest characters. With Mr. Isler’s expertise and leadership, the Fred Rogers Company is, indeed, continuing its founder’s legacy, reaching ever-growing audiences on many platforms.